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therik

  • Farnborough, United Kingdom
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therik Sep 10
updated their review of Eureka Seven
Score 7/10

Story Bafflement. For close to half an hour, I have been sat here, trying to think of a word which sums up both my immediate and my considered reaction to Eureka Seven, and I think "bafflement" is as close as I'm going to get. This is a show that combines good ideas with poor pacing, great...

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Eureka Seven
  • TV (50 eps)
  • 2005 - 2006

Like most boys his age, the young Renton thinks of nothing but reffing – riding trapar waves on a board – and idolizes Holland, the leader of the renegade group of reffers named Gekko...

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therik Aug 28
updated their review of Gakuen Alice
Score 8.5/10

Story Having finally recovered from reviewing a succession of average to utterly dire anime at the cruel behest of others, I decided to take my destiny into my own hands, and publish my thoughts on an altogether more acceptable anime. While I didn’t expect to be able to remove the...

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Gakuen Alice
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2004 - 2005

Ever since they met, emotionless Hotaru and ditzy Mikanhave been best friends, and are virtually inseparable-- that is, until Hotaru is invited to attend a strange school far away, a school for those...

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therik Jul 31
updated their review of To Love-Ru
Score 3/10

Story Oftentimes, the arrival of a pink-haired, amply bosomed alien girl would be cause for great joy and celebration amongst the male population of the globe. Quite how To Love-Ru takes this premise and turns it into an unsatisfactory 12 hours is anyone's guess. I suppose, with my stall set...

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To Love-Ru
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2008

Rito Yuki is a bumbling boy who wants nothing more than to confess his love to the lovely Haruna, but a variety of obstacles always seems to stand in his way. One day, while relaxing in his bathtub...

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therik Jul 16
updated their review of Sailor Moon
Score 6.5/10

Story Like Metal Gear Solid and Hello Kitty, Sailor Moon is a seemingly random sequence of English words, ostensibly put together by some Japanese person with no regards to their meaning or grammatical function. And yet, like the other two examples, they form a combination recognisable even to...

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Sailor Moon
  • TV (46 eps)
  • 1992 - 1993

Life can be tough when you're a teenager. Enter Tsukino Usagi, an average, if somewhat clumsy, junior high student whose voracious appetite for sweets and capacity for tears are offset by her...

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therik Jun 29
updated their review of Aishiteruze Baby
Score 6/10

Story I'm almost twenty-four now, and I've recently found that my paternal instincts are becoming more and more prevalent. It was therefore with something of an open mind that I approached Aishiteruze Baby, a shoujo anime which chronicles the life of high school student Katakura Kippei and...

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Aishiteruze Baby
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2004

Whenever Kippei is at school, he has one thing on his mind: girls. From skipping class to cheesy lines, he'll do anything it takes to reel the ladies in, though he never seems to find the right...

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therik May 24
updated their review of Hanamaru Youchien
Score 4.5/10

Story My Easter weekend this year was in its entirety spent stripping waterproof wallpaper from the spare room. For those of you uninitiated with this particular pleasure, it is akin to removing the world's largest and most awkward price sticker from an abjectly disappointing present ...

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Hanamaru Youchien
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2010

Tsuchida has just started working at the Hanamaru Kindergaten, and, as the first and only male teacher at the school, he’s particularly nervous. Unfortunately his first day doesn’t go...

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therik May 8
updated their review of Shugo Chara!
Score 9/10

Story I have absolutely no business liking Shugo Chara!. The series is aimed primarily at an audience with approximately half my age and precisely double my X-chromosomes, and at no point does it betray its target market by veering wildly off the well-trodden mahou shoujo path. As such, the...

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Shugo Chara!
  • TV (51 eps)
  • 2007 - 2008

Hinamori Amu is a stylish punk rock girl who is liked and feared by her peers, but there's just one problem: she's actually a shy and quiet girl who can't seem to drop her self-fabricated facade! But...

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therik May 4
updated their review of Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi
Score 3.5/10

Story Can boobs carry an anime by themselves? This fascinating conundrum appears to have been the question going through the minds of the makers of Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi. I'm sure their surprise was as great as mine when the answer turned out to be a definitive "no". I...

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Queen's Blade: Rurou no Senshi
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2009

Every four years, the violent Queen's Blade tournament begins once more. Meant as a test of strength and beauty, girls fight each other in hopes of gaining power over the land, each with her own...

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therik Apr 19
updated their review of Love Hina
Score 8/10

Story It's a generally accepted rule that you mustn't judge a book by it's cover. Clearly whoever came up with such sage advice had never seen the opening credits of Love Hina . Indeed, if the bouncy, riotous and wholly carefree opening was any more indicative of the show's content, you could...

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Love Hina
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2000

Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam...

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therik Mar 2016
updated their review of Kanon (2006)
Score 7/10

Story Sayuri and Yuuichi sit in the cafe.. The steam from their coffees wafts through the air which is filled with gentle strings of some classical music. "Do you know this piece?" Asks Sayuri. "It's Canon. Pachelbel's Canon. That central melody repeats itself again and again, as layers are...

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Kanon (2006)
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2006 - 2007

It's been seven years since Yuuichi Aizawa returned to the city he once lived in as a child. Though many things happened to Yuuichi in his past, he can only remember bits and pieces. His parents left...

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therik Jan 2016
updated their review of Toward the Terra TV
Score 4/10

Story I've never been a real sci-fi buff, but I always had the general opinion that technology is cool and that the future is definitely going to be awesome. I say "had", because Toward the Terra - presumably on behalf of a particularly resourceful Luddite lobby - stepped up...

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Toward the Terra TV
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2007

Centuries ago, humanity carelessly ravaged the Earth’s environment, forcing them to leave and form a colony elsewhere. To prevent the same mistakes from happening again, they allow a...

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therik Nov 2015
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therik Sep 2015
updated their review of Kodomo no Jikan (2007)
Score 7.5/10

Story I've lately gained something of a reputation around the Anime-Planet forums for my outspoken and energetic opposition to lolicon material in general and loli doujin in particular. As such, you can probably imagine my vexation when I lost a high-stakes game of Tetris against fellow...

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Kodomo no Jikan (2007)
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2007

Aoki Daisuke is a fresh, new elementary school teacher, eager to help shape and guide his young students. But he got more than he bargained for with Kokonoe Rin! This saucy third grader has knowledge...

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therik Jul 2015
updated their review of Kyoran Kazoku Nikki
Score 7/10

Story Kyouran Kazoku Nikki roughly translates from the Japanese as "Frenzied Family Diary". As family diaries go, it's certainly more frenzied than the diary of the Swiss Family Robinson or the diary of the lot from Lost in Space. In fact I can barely think of a better phrase to...

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Kyoran Kazoku Nikki
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2008

Once upon a time, a creature named Enka tried to destroy everything on Earth. It was eventually slain by humans; but before dying Enka proclaimed that one day its child would return to the planet...

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therik Jul 2015
updated their review of Ai Yori Aoshi
Score 3.5/10

Story The reason why certain premises are recycled and re-worked time and again without so much as a twist is a pretty simple one - you don't mess with success. After all, if you put one male character in a house with a bunch of quirky females and layer it with a simple romance plot, what can...

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Ai Yori Aoshi
  • TV (24 eps)
  • 2002

Aoi Sakuraba, heir to the Sakura department store, has only one thing on her mind-- her beloved. Betrothed from a very young age, she has been in love with him, Kaoru Hanabishi, ever since. After...

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therik Jul 2015
updated their review of Prince of Light - The Legend of Ramayana
Score 3.5/10

Story Religious epics are always going to be hit or miss in terms of enjoyment value. Either you want to see the triumph of Good over Evil in a simplified but drawn out battle or you don't. Therefore, I would have to preface my review by stating that my failure to care for Ramayana is as much...

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Prince of Light - The Legend of Ramayana
  • Movie (1 ep x 107 min)
  • 1998

Prince Rama of Ayodhya is a wise and mighty warrior, believed to be an incarnation of the great God Vishnu. His prowess is virtually limitless; he slays mighty demons, wins a contest of strength to...

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therik Jul 2015
updated their review of Taiyou no Mokushiroku
Score 4/10

Story As scenarios go, Taiyou no Mokushiroku's is packed with potential. Japan is rent asunder by the awesome forces of nature, literally cleaved in two by a succession of earthquakes. Half is given over to Chinese control, half to the United States. If you're thinking to yourself "this would...

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Taiyou no Mokushiroku
  • TV Special (2 eps x 80 min)
  • 2006

Calamity strikes the country of Japan as a series of brutal earthquakes literally tear the island in two. Put in an impossible predicament, the Japanese government agrees to hand control of the...

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therik Jul 2015
updated their review of Iron Virgin Jun
Score 2/10

Story Hell, they say, hath no fury like a woman scorned. Some time ago I was given a TACO commission by KiraRin, who broke her usual pattern of unprovoked abusive behaviour towards me and asked me to watch and review the excellent Gankutsuou . However, after arbitrarily deciding that...

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Iron Virgin Jun
  • OVA (1 ep x 46 min)
  • 1992

Jun Asuka is a member of an aristocratic family that has a tradition of marrying off its daughters once they reach the age of eighteen. For the athletic and independent Jun, this is a fate worse than...

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therik Jul 2015
updated their review of Da Capo
Score 2.5/10

Story Imagine, if you will, an end to conflict, a world of peace, a universe where seldom a cross word is exchanged, much less an utterance of aggression. Truly, this would be a wonderful place to live - but watching it for 26 episodes? My, does it ever drag. Da Capo crawls unapologetically...

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Da Capo
  • TV (26 eps)
  • 2003

On an island where cherry blossoms bloom all year-round, love seems to always be in the air. It is in this magical atmosphere that Asakura Junnichi lives, and when he dreams he travels to the dreams...

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therik Jul 2015
updated their review of Gag Manga Biyori
Score 8.5/10

Story What do you get if you cross a rabbit detective, a surprisingly patient Grim Reaper, and an American Consulate dripping with blithe insanity? The fact that I watched all of these characters in action and still don't know the answer says quite something about the nature of Gag Manga...

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Gag Manga Biyori
  • TV (12 eps x 5 min)
  • 2005

What do you do when the Emperor of Japan has been replaced with... an alien from Planet Octopus?! From intense motorcycle races to crazy machine inventors from Holland, from sea voyages to battles...

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therik Jul 2015
updated their review of Ryofuko-chan
Score 1/10

Story Picture the scene. A forest clearing at dusk: two disfigured crones stand hunched over a cauldron, plotting and cackling and plotting some more. Into the bubbling mixture they toss eye of newt and toe of frog, wool of bat and tongue of dog. Their cackles become shrieks as their...

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Ryofuko-chan
  • OVA (4 eps)
  • 2007 - 2008

Ryofu Housen (Lu Bu) is a powerful general from the Three Kingdoms. Alongside Chinkyuu (Chen Gong), Ryofu suddenly finds himself falling to Earth, and landing... in the body of an elementary school...

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therik Jul 2015
updated their review of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
Score 7.5/10

Story Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei's central protagonist, Mr. Itoshiki, is the very paragon of negativity and a man who sees the worst in everything. While this hardly seems like the best fodder for laughs, the series functions as a satire with the titular character casting his morose gaze onto...

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Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2007

Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name...

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therik Sep 2014
updated their review of Chu-Bra!!
Score 2.5/10

Story My regular readers – working on the egocentric assumption that such a species might exist – will remember my most recent review as having been commissioned via TACO by KiraRin in an attempt to offend my sensibilities. This time round, sothis herself has got in on the act...

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Chu-Bra!!
  • TV (12 eps)
  • 2010

While Nayu Hayama may be a middle school student, she has the fashion sense of an adult – at least, when it comes to lingerie. Unlike her other classmates, Nayu is an underwear fanatic and is...

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Hidamari Sketch x 365 EX
  • DVD Special (1 ep x 24 min)
  • 2009

Sae has recently invested in a second-hand Polaroid camera and one ordinary Sunday morning she surprises the girls by unexpectedly taking their photo. Miyako decides to name the camera Polaroidon...

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therik May 2014
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Subete ni Iya Girl
  • Vol: 5; Ch: 86
  • 2001 - 2002

Insecure, socially-awkward and with a habit of making sudden and profuse apologies, Asumi Torii is a strange girl who often fails to click with her peers... she also has an arrow stuck in her head...

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Ten - Tenna Toori no Kaidanji
  • Vol: 18; Ch: 164
  • 1989 - 2002

The underworld: a place where the yakuza gather and where games of mahjong are fought with life-or-death stakes, transcending the very existences of those involved. This is the world where Ten finds...

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Seizon - Life
  • Vol: 3; Ch: 23
  • 1999 - 2000

Takeda is diagnosed with cancer and feels that he has nothing to live for. His wife had died of cancer and his only daughter has been missing for fourteen years.One day, when he is about to attempt...

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therik Nov 2013
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